Booked on Tuesdays: Review: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Of all the genres of literary fiction, I like poetry the least and it could be that I do not understand a lot of it, especially when it’s very deep. As some of you may know already, my summer project is to read through some of the classics in literature. Because I find poetry so difficult to understand, I did some background research on The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. According to Harold Bloom in How to Read and Why, “At the root of Coleridge’s poem is the popular ballad “The Wandering Jew,” but the Ancient Mariner has more in common with Franz Kafka’s characters in “The Hunter Gracchus” or “A Country Doctor” than with the traditional … [Read more...]

What Would Mary Wollstonecraft Blog About?

Image via Wikipedia WRITER, PHILOSOPHER, AND FEMINIST, Mary Wollstonecraft best known for her book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, was the mother of Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein . Born in 1759, she was truly ahead of her time, and during her short life (she died in 1797) she advocated and argued for the rights of women.  According to Wikipedia, in her book, A Vindication of the Rights of Women "she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men, but appear to be only because they lack education. She suggests that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagines a social order founded on … [Read more...]